Butterfly Creek, Auckland Central

3.8
#7 of 41 in Wildlife in Auckland Central
Colorful butterflies and saltwater crocodiles come together at Butterfly Creek, a popular tourist attraction located just minutes from Auckland's international airport. This sanctuary contains a huge butterfly house, home to over 700 free-flying butterflies and exotic birds. A huge draw for families with kids, this site includes a playground area and offers train rides around a dinosaur-themed exhibit. After you see prehistoric creatures come to life, head to the interactive farmyard, where you can hold and pet cuddly creatures including rabbits, guinea pigs, alpacas, sheep, and pigs. End your visit at the crocodile enclosure, housing two saltwater crocs originally from Australia. With our online itinerary creator, Auckland Central attractions like Butterfly Creek can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Normally in a theme park type thing the food is passable and generally made up of bulk processed stuff. Butterfly creeks cafe was way beyond the norm. The entire cabinet is full of freshly made food t...  more »
  • My Granddaughter has her 5th birthday party here, the facilities are awesome, the food was great and the children all had a fabulous time. My only gripe really is on our train ride there wasn’t enough...  more »
  • Such a large variety of things and very friendly staff! I love how you can interact with the barn animals and that they tell us information about dinosaurs  more »
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  • My son thought it was better then the zoo, he liked the farm animals. Its not as big as the zoo and less animals but a pretty good variety and we saw real crocodiles and alligators. I felt like a kid again seeing all the different types of butterflies. I paid $28+$3 for train ride. We were in a little group. The gift shop had $45 dinosaurs same size as my hands. Had to whisper to my sons that I can get these from the dollar store. But I liked it and my kids loved it.
  • We went for a 5 year old birthday party and it was fantastic. While waiting in the queue we got to pay this beautiful reptile. The park has a lot of animals to see, not only butterflies, as well as a petting zoo with very docile animals that you are allowed to pay. I also enjoyed the animal encounters with the sea lions and crocodiles
  • We have been there a few times in the past with the kids and unlike this time it very enjoyable. Last visit though was not as good. Hardly any butterflies and if any they were dead in the water. It's no wonder when they allow kids to chance them around. Probably committed butterfly suicide. I got myself a pork wrap which was disgusting. The meat was off and pretty expensive for what it was. We had to leave the food behind. The train was the highlight I would say, the kids loved that part of the day. The crocodile was switched off for the day.. Maybe the next visit will be better in a few years..
  • Great fun for the whole family! Jurassic park sized dinosaurs that come to life, friendly butterflies that land on you, crocodiles, farm animals, a train and a playground are all reasons why you need to visit Butterfly Creek. It's been a week and our kids can't stop reminiscing their time there. We will be back. Ps the coffee and cakes at the cafe were very good too.
  • Not great value. I went through the more expensive half in the half hour it took for me to wait for my husband without feeling like I should have spent longer. You can only feed the animals in the farm at certain times of the day, which didn't fit with our schedule. However, the otters were cute and the dinosaurs were surprisingly entertaining.
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